When I was in high school, I dated a guy who was madly in love.

With his truck.

Granted, it was a shiny red 1974 Ford and I guess the loud engine was appealing to some, but I’ll never forget all the money he poured into that thing. Chrome on this, chrome on that, new headlight covers or whatever. It never did float my boat, but I at least learned a lot as he fancied up his truck the way normal people fancy up their children.

In short: gear heads love customizing.

Today, you hear the word “custom” and automatically conjure images of wealth. Well, not all of us can afford the kind of custom that’s synonymous with wealth, but we can fake it ’til we make it!

Aside from chroming out your car, here are other ideas for customizing your ride on a budget.